Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Little, Brown and Company
Teenage Finbar Frame, who suffers from the likes of bullies because of his geeky stature, soon becomes influenced by vampire romance novels. He becomes a “vampire” himself to attract young gals — his one-way ticket to popularity. Finbar’s journey as a “vampire” helps him to discover that he must be true to himself.
This novel . . . → Read More: Bloodthirsty
3 - 9
Cynthia Martin and Barbara Schultz
This non-fiction graphic novel presents the topic of renewable energy in an easy to read and understand format. The Table of Contents includes: Where does energy come from?; What makes energy renewable?; Large-scale renewable energy; and New Roads in renewable energy. Renewable energy source topics included are solar, wind, water, geothermal and biomass. The mix . . . → Read More: A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy with Max Axiom Super Scientist
Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist
Frantastic Voyage is volume 5 of the Franny K. Stein series, an easy chapter book filled with just about as many illustrations as text space. This book will be popular with reluctant readers and is geared more towards girls. Franny is definitely not your typical girl, but considers herself right up there with her namesake. . . . → Read More: Frantastic Voyage
adapted by Jan Fields
Fisher, Eric Scott
Calico Chapter Books
This book may be little, but it’s very powerful. Forty-seven fables from Aesop are featured, many with an accompanying black and white illustration. The fables are short, but to the point, at the end of each is the lesson to be learned in bold-faced type. Although short, each fable still gives the flavor of the . . . → Read More: Aesop’s Fables
Anova Books Ltd
The Mice of Nibbling Village is a compilation of verses and accompanying illustration. Each page features a different ‘citizen’ of Nibbling Village whose description is told in lovely, old-fashioned verse. Children will love the quality of the words and the soothing tone as they view the lavishly detailed illustrations of each mouse in his/her abode. . . . → Read More: The Mice of Nibbling Village
4th and up
The Joy of Spooking
This series, The Joy of Spooking, sound like The Joy of Cooking, but actually it is very misleading, for a reason. Joy is the name of the main character, and she together with her younger brother and mother and father, live in the town of Spooking, which lives up to it’s name. Spooking used to . . . → Read More: Unearthly Asylum
Albert Whitman & Company
Tortoise was so worried about his first day of school. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if he doesn’t make any friends? But he gets up the courage to go inside the building to announce, “Good Morning,” to everyone. They all respond back, “Good Morning Mr. Tortoise!” to their . . . → Read More: Back to School Tortoise
Enslow Publishers, Inc.
I Like Holidays!
This book covers very general information about St. Patrick’s Day, such as: Saint Patrick’s Life, celebration activities, and symbols that represent the day. It has a table of contents, glossary, reference books, web sites and an index.
Simon & Schuster
This cute story discusses the ways to hug many different animals, but repeatedly questions, “How do you hug a porcupine?” Finally, in the end, the answer is given, “Carefully!”
Albert Whitman & Company
Soon after 3 puppies were left on the side of the road in a cardboard box, they were picked up and dropped off at a shelter. An older dog has told them it is Christmas Eve and people will want to adopt puppies this time of year. Ruff and Tuff decide to misbehave so their . . . → Read More: The Christmas Pups
9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade
Simon & Schuster
Rhine Ellery is a 16-year-old girl growing up in the dangerous world that the old generations have left for her. In this world, women only grow to be twenty and men only twenty-five due to a genetic life-shortening pandemic. In this first book of the Chemical Garden Trilogy, we experience what it is like for . . . → Read More: Wither
Brimner, Larry Dane
8 - 12
This offers a thorough look at the Civil Rights movement through the opposing eyes of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the Commissioner of Public Safety “Bull” Connor. These giants of the 1950 and 60′s came head-to-head in the multiple conflicts such as the Bethel Baptist Church bombing, the Woolworth department-store lunch counter sit-in, attacks by the . . . → Read More: Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor
3rd - 7th
Children's Press (Scholastic)
Dolphins is 45 pages of interesting facts accompanied by stunning photographs of various species of dolphins in captivity and the wild. The book is well-written and interesting, perfect for a student report. The index and glossaries are helpful features. I would have liked to see a page that showed a photograph of each of the . . . → Read More: Dolphins
2nd, 3rd gr.
Simon & Schuster, Frankie Pickle
Frankie like to keep his bedroom messy. When his mother gives his permission to not clean his room, Frankie is on cloud nine (or cloud swine). His toys get stepped on, he runs out of clean clothes, he has nightmares about his mess, and his family complains about his aroma which makes him realize that . . . → Read More: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
Simon & Schuster, Frankie Pickle
Frankie has trouble with his math and is quite concerned about the test he has to retake on Monday. He runs out of time all weekend long when his friend comes over to play several games of Yugimon, and he helps his mom shop for groceries. Then his sister plays football with him and he . . . → Read More: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace
3rd, 4th, 5th
Danny the dragon and his best friend Wendell the Iguana have quite the problem on their hands when Wendell is bitten from a school cafeteria hot dog, and suddenly starts growing back-hair. When the two sneak into the cafeteria to investigate, they find out that the hot dog labels are marked, “Were-Wieners, Product of Transylvania.” . . . → Read More: Curse of the Were-Wiener
Tara and the Talking Kitten
Diana Cooper has written 5 books about Tara and her talking kitten, Ash-ting. In the first chapters of this book, Tara meets her guardian angel who protects her. “Uncle” Steve came to visit and made Tara and her sister, Mel, very uncomfortable. Both Ash-ting and her guardian angel encourage Tara to tell her parents. As . . . → Read More: Tara and the Talking Kitten Meet Angels and Fairies
World Crafts and Recipes
Joanne Mattern begins with interesting information in her introduction to traditional China. She discusses Chinese cooking and variations of cuisine within the different climates from north to south. Eleven recipes include rice and noodle dishes, dumplings, desserts, holiday foods, and tea. Ingredients and instructions are clear. When adult assistance is indicated, the text is bold. . . . → Read More: Recipe and Craft Guide to China
ABDO Publishing Co.
Going to Work School Edition
This book examines the role of principal in a school. It is one of six in the school edition of ABDO’s Going to Work series. Principals is written simply but with enough information for a 2nd to 4th grader interested in the topic. This book is full of colorful and complimentary photographs of principals doing . . . → Read More: Principals
Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel
This is the first in a fun series reminiscent of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in format and style. The unique angle of this book is that it incorporates and defines words which begin with the letter “A”. Each book in the series focuses on a subsequent letter in the alphabet with definitions . . . → Read More: Artsy-Fartsy
Andersen Press USA
The illustrations make this picture book especially appealing as we follow a young boy with a colander on his head who spends his day imaging battles with dragons using the sunflower his mother gave him for a sword. Imagination takes flight in bright and cheerful illustrations which fill the page with whimsical images. Suddenly the boy . . . → Read More: The Sunflower Sword
K - 1
Simon and Schuster
Beautiful! This favorite Christian poem has been gloriously illustrated with colorful, detailed and very geometric paper cut-outs. A lovely addition to our Catholic school library, I believe this will be a kindergarten class read-aloud. For the musically minded, the poem is put to music in the back of the book.
K - 2
Boyds Mills Press
This book will especially appeal to a child whose mother is expecting a baby. Little Edward really wants a little brother but finds his parents are right and he is delighted with his new baby sister when she finally comes. Sweet and genuine, this darling picture book captures the view of a typical older sibling-to-be . . . → Read More: Will It Be a Baby Brother?
5 - 12
This book in the Redwall series stood out as unique from the others in that it was more like a separate story with mainly new characters. Martin the Warrior was present in the plot but many new characters were introduced. The main character in the Redwall books are typically quite well-developed. However, in this book, . . . → Read More: The Rogue Crew
5 - 7
An interesting combination of fantasy, science fiction and horror, this book is hard to put down. Although the cover art implies a 3rd or 4th grade reader, the content is definitely for older readers (5th – 7th grade). In this story, a 12 year old girl named Josephine lives an unhappy life with a father . . . → Read More: The Lost Children